J. Michael Bowman
J. Michael “Mike” Bowman is the State Director of the Delaware Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Associate Director of the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP). He has been with the SBDC since 2013.
Previously, Mike was Chairman and CEO of the Delaware Technology Park, Inc. (DTP), a collaboration between the State of Delaware, the University of Delaware and private industry formed to launch and support technology companies across a diverse group of industries including life sciences, renewable energy, information technology and advanced materials. DTP, as Research Park of the Year in 2005 by the Association of University Research Parks, is home to 54 early and expansion stage technology companies while 30 more have graduated to larger facilities to accommodate their growth. Mike was instrumental in incubating the Fraunhofer USA Center for Molecular Biotechnology and capitalizing it with public and private funding sources including DARPA and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to leading Delaware Technology Park, Mike was a Vice President and General Manager for E.I. duPont de Nemours and Advanced Material Systems business unit, which developed more than 40 new technologies for commercialization and grew to $1B in annual revenue. During the late 1990s, the advanced composites segment of the business was acquired by a private equity firm to form Fiberite, Inc. which was acquired by Cytec Industries (NYSE).
Mike serves on the boards of First State Innovation, Fraunhofer USA, Delaware BioScience Association, is the past Chairman of the University of Delaware’s College of Engineering Advisory Council, and Veroha.
He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. While at DuPont he participated in several executive management programs at Wharton and Columbia University.
Denita Thomas is the Associate State Director of the SBDC. In this capacity, she is responsible for the operations of the Northern Delaware office and the Lead Center. Denita has been with DSBDC since 2016. Denita brings over 20 years of experience as a business and economic development executive to the SBDC. She previously worked as a business development consultant lending her expertise in strategic planning and management to corporations, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. Most recently, Denita served the Office of the Mayor of the City of Wilmington as the Director of Small Business Development. She received her B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Villanova University. She is also a credentialed Economic Development Finance Professional (Lending & Regulatory Specialist) from the National Development Council.
Bill Pfaff is the Assistant State Director of the SBDC. In this capacity, he is responsible for the operations of the Southern Delaware site. He has been with the SBDC since 1992. Prior to joining the organization, Bill held positions at Johns Hopkins University, the Peabody Conservatory, the Navy Annex at the US Pentagon, and owned his own business for 12 years.
Bill has served on the board of the Delaware Easter Seals Sussex County, First State Community Loan Fund Wilmington, the Seaford Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, Greater Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and was the founding board member of the Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences, Inc. Bill currently serves on the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee, Inc. (SEDAC) and is chairman of the Sussex Academy of Arts & Sciences, Inc.
In addition to his dedication to community and economic development and his comprehensive business background, Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and was Delaware’s first recipient of the Association of Small Business Development Center’s Star Performer award.
Daniel Eliot is the Manager of Technology Business Development for the SBDC. He leads the SBDC’s efforts to start and scale technology-based businesses throughout the state and manages three programs for the DSBDC: SBIResource™, DatAssured™ and Digital Compass™. Daniel has been with the SBDC since 2014.
Prior to joining the SBDC Daniel worked at Eli Lilly & Co. in their Global Manufacturing & Quality unit, managed a portfolio of IT projects for the National Center for College Costs, and developed a Bridge to Health Information Professions program at Temple University’s Center for Social Policy and Community Development. He is also currently adjunct faculty at Wilmington University.
Daniel holds a B.S. Ed and M.S. Ed from Indiana University, Bloomington & an MBA certificate in Innovation and Technology Commercialization from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Strategic Management.
Sharon Louth is a business advisor in Kent and Sussex Counties. Sharon has been with the SBDC since 1999.
Prior to joining the organization, Sharon co-owned Gray Construction for 10 years, worked for the DuPont Company, and was a member of the executive staff for John W. Rollins. Sharon is a member of Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business, management, and administration.
In addition to her extensive experience with business ownership and corporate administration, Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Robert “Bob” Rausch is a business advisor in New Castle County and has been with the SBDC since 2005. Prior to joining the organization, he spent 35 years in corporate accounting and finance, was the vice president of finance for Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, and the senior director of finance and operations for Astra Zeneca.
His specialty areas include loan packaging, leadership coaching, accounting, and strategic planning. Bob is a an adjunct professor for entrepreneurship and small business management at the University of Delaware. He is passionate about helping his clients succeed, and believes that the small business community has many dreamers with different skill sets and personalities. While no two clients are alike, he believes most possess the desire to work hard and succeed at growing their business.
In addition to his prolific accounting, financial, and leadership experience, Bob holds an MBA from the University of Louisville.
Margo Reign is a business advisor in New Castle County and has been with the SBDC since 2014. She had previously been with the SBDC as a business advisor and then Director of the Family Business Center from 1997 to 2005. In between, Margo was a commercial lender with Artisans’ Bank and a Vice President with Wilmington Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) where she specialized in SBA 504 lending. Prior to the SBDC she was a commercial lender with Mellon Bank and Bank of Delaware before their merger with PNC. Margo’s work with businesses primarily involves their finances, including helping to prepare loan packages, doing cost analysis to improve profitability and/or helping to prepare projections. She also organizes SBDC’s family business seminars.
Margo is also involved in many community activities. She is President of Delaware Preservation Fund, the Treasurer for Creekside at Green Valley Condominium Association, the Communications Chair for the First State Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and Chair of the Adult Education Committee at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilmington.
Margo holds a B.S. in public administration and an MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Abagail Scout is the Program Coordinator for the SBDC. Her responsibilities include managing new client intake and various SBDC systems, including the organization’s MIS, Center IC. She also oversees the programmatic end of the reporting process for SBDC, among other responsibilities.
Abagail holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Political Science and an MPA with a concentration in Policy and Program Development from the University of Delaware.
Juanita Beauford is the Program Director of the Delaware Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), a sub-unit of SBDC, and has been with the organization since 2000. Prior to joining the PTAC program, Juanita owned and operated MDR Supply, a state and local government contracting business, for seven years, and for five years, she co-owned Medical Surgical Supply Company, also a state and local government contracting business.
Juanita is certified by the Veteran’s Administration as a Federal Contracting Counselor, holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and master’s degrees in both human resources management and public administration, and recently earned her Master’s Certificate in Contract Management from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Juanita is fondly referred to as the “Guru of Government Contracting.”
David Baldini is a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) counselor and has been with the Delaware PTAC since 2011. His specialty is enterprise management and government contracting. Prior to joining the organization, he was a PTAC counselor at George Mason University, the President and CEO of Aerosonic Corporation, the President of Avionics Specialties, Inc., and served in numerous positions at Teledyne Industries.
In addition to having over 30 years of business experience, David holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, an APTAC Contracting Assistant (CA) Level 1 Certification, and he is an VA Certified Federal Contracting Counselor Level 3 Trainer.
Dana Reece is the program support specialist for the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and has been with the Delaware PTAC since 2009. Prior to joining the organization, Dana worked for more than 10 years as a computer programmer and systems analyst. She specializes in the SAM (System Award Management) Government Registration and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems.